Return to Jaguar (thing)

A track from the [Knights of the Jaguar] [EP] from The Aztec Mystic.

Jaguar became a huge [success] in the [summer] of [1999]. This was perhaps due to it blending [disco], [house music|house] and [detroit techno|Detroit] [element|elements] together into something nearly every [DJ] could play and all [audience|audiences] would [enjoy]. A year and a half later you could still hear Jaguar being played in parties, and leaving out DJs' personal [favorite|favorites] that is quite a long [life span] for this kind of music.

The [partygoer|partygoers] were not the only ones interested in the EP, however. Dirk Dreyer, an A&R [manager] at [Sony] Music's Dance Division, informed [Underground Resistance] in [December 1999] that his company would soon be releasing a [cover version] of Jaguar. While no [licencing] [offer] was ever made from Sony, mr. Dreyer said he knew for a fact UR would never give their releases for wider [distribution]. His solution? A tone-to-tone copy of which he wouldn't have to [pay] the original artist a [dime].

The new single was released the same month By Sony Music [Germany], with no mention whatsoever about the original recording. After a huge [uproar] by angry [email|emails] and [letter|letters], Sony apparently [recall|recalled] the record.
It was too early for UR to [declare victory], though. Sony quietly made a [deal] with an another record company [BMG], to move the two producers responsible for the "cover" version to their "[custody]" and make it a BMG release.

The [vinyl] and [CD] singles featuring [terrible] sounding (not to mention [unauthorized]) [europop] versions of the already [legendary] Jaguar were released in [January 2000], with the producer duo from [Frankfurt] now calling themselves Type. Despite numerous [contacting] [attempt|attempts], [protest|protests] and [petition|petitions], the record was not recalled. As far as I know, neither DJ Rolando nor Underground Resistance have received any [restitution] from the major companies [steal|stealing] their work.

On a personal note, I find this whole [incident] deeply [disturbing]. A brilliant tune being [rip-off|ripped off] just to make loads of [$$$] using [dirty tactics] can not be forgiven.
Boycott Sony Music Europe/US and BMG.

You can find a lot more [info], including original [correspondence] between the labels, on the following page:
http://www.renegaderhythms.com/articles/ur/ur.html

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